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from the iraq war and three from the battle of whether barack obama is a legitimate president. plus "scoops and predictions" right from the notebooks of these top reporters. be right back. >> "the chris matthews show" is brought to you by hotels.com, chris: welcome back. it's our 10th anniversary and we're celebrating with reminders of iconic moments of these past 10 years. we started this show in the fall of 2002, the invasion of iraq was getting close and two iconic scenes from iraq make our top 10 list of in your face moments during the last 10 years. first, president george w bush confronted by an iraqi journalist. he threw two of the shoes and bush missed both. good for him. the defense secretary in a much more serious moment, donald rumsfeld on a 2004 christmas visit over there to iraq. in just the previous four weeks from then, 26 american troops had been killed by roadside bombs destroying their vehicles and one soldier stood up and faced off against defense secretary rumsfeld. >> why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap medal and compromise
to make clear that even though he was elected as an opponent of the iraq war, he does not shrink from using power in the muslim world. >> religion is used to justify the murder of innocents by those who have distorted and defiled the great religion of islam. and who attacked my country. i face the world as it is. and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the american people. chris: but governor romney was suggesting weakness and now the tarke on our consulate in benghazi where four americans were murdered. >> we express immediately when we feel that the president and his administration have done something which is inconsistent with the principles of america. chris: a similar test after the failed mission to rescue the iranian hostages, during the presidential campaign of 1980, governor ronald reagan did not use a vulnerable moment to crilt size president carter. -- to criticize president carter. >> words should be few and confined to our prayers. because of the extremely sensitive nature of the situation, i am convinced that it is and would be inappropriate for me to go beyond t
. >>> yesterday, one of the bloodiest of the year in iraq left at least 92 people dead. a series of bombings and shootings hit more than a dozen cities and left hundreds injured. in baghdad, car bombings exploded in six districts, hitting a restaurant and commercial area. since american troops left iraq last year, attacks there have been increasing. the ruling is to give their president the death penalty. he is unlikely to return from exile in turkey. >>> and now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. in texas, hundreds of pounds of explosives did their job as an eight-story building came crashing down in just seconds. a former medical tower was imploded and will be replaced with a new medical building and a parking garage. but only after they clean up all that debris, which apparently is going to take weeks. >>> also in texas, hundreds of firefighters paid tribute to their comrades lost in the twin towers. they climbed the stairs of a 55-story building and they did so twice to honor those who rushed into and climbed the 110-story world trade center buildings
have decimated al qaeda. osama bin laden is dead. he said we would end the war responsibly in iraq. we've done that. he has restored relationships around the world. i spend every day up at the united nations where i have to interact with 192 other countries. i know how well the united states is viewed. i know that our standing is much improved. and it's translated into important support for strong american positions, for example -- >> is it inappropriate for governor romney to level the criticism he leveled? >> i'm not going to get into politics, david. that's not my role in this job. but i think the american people welcome and appreciate strong, steady, unified leadership, bipartisan, in times of challenge. and for those men and women in our diplomatic service, including those we tragically lost, they look to our leadership to be unified and strong. >> let's talk about leadership in the world, and as the nuclear threat from iran. another area of tension between the united states and israel. in just a couple of minutes, we will show our interview with the prime minister of israel, benj
the west palm beach highway when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle. >> 6;07 :07. >> the violence in iraq rages on. who is taking responsibility? >> students at chicago public schools are getting a surprise day off. >> the state of maryland is getting ready to water its olympians and paralympians. >> tracking an early morning accident in anne arundel county and will check that for some debris anncr: this casino's in west virginia. but it makes millions off marylanders every year. now they're running dishonest ads. why? because voting for question seven is a vote to build a... world-class resort casino in maryland. creating thousands of jobs and... ...according to the official department of legislative... services, hundreds of millions for our schools. while saving taxpayer money by cutting casino subsidies. question seven. good jobs and better schools in maryland. not west virginia. >> good morning. we're getting a cited for the first regular-season game at 7:00 p.m. tonight. i'm at the inner harbor. we're getting excited for maryland to honor its olympians and paralympians. it will be an
obama also drew a line in the sand about iraq's nuclear weapons. >> america wants to resolve this issue through true diplomacy and we need the time and space to do so. a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: but the president's strong words weren't enough to satisfy mitt romney. >> we can look at iran for the last four years, is iran closer to a nuclear weapon or not? and we know the answer, iraq is closer to a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: it was a media day for both president obama and mitt romney. whether physically in new york or on tv. and both trying to one up each other in praising bill clinton at the former president's annual conference on global giving. >> if there's one thing we have learned in this election season by the way, it is that a few words for bill clinton can do a man a lot of good. all i got to do now is wait a couple of days for that bounce to happen. >> president clinton, thank you for your very kind introduction, although i have to admit, i really did like the speech a few weeks ago a little bit better. >> reporter: romney is a
in war in afghanistan and iraq. from the president's point of view, he wanted to narrow the focus, talk about al qaeda, defeat al qaeda. the crowning achievement killing osama bin laden. the nation building work in afghanistan is frankly something that became too difficult, too entrenched for the american people to keep up with. we are there longer than the soviets were there. i think there's a recognition that that job was simply too difficult, the notion that we were going to turn around the government, really be able to rebuild the country. there is a phrase that general petreas used, was iraq good enough and now is iraq good enough, safe enough, stable enough so u.s. forces can come home? >> when you look it at the positions between president obama and mitt romney, is there a lot of daylight in their views of the policy regarding afghanistan? >> frankly, there's not. romney will criticize the president for announcing a firm deadline for 0 withdrawal of u.s. forces. it's long been thought by republicans that doing so would allow the taliban, particularly the taliban that's holed up i
entered the iraq war. one of the reasons that al qaeda strengthened during the last decade was our focus in iraq. so we are happy to have this debate and we'll have it obviously -- >> was this an intelligence failure? >> no. this was an event obviously, a complex event. we're only talking about a matter of weeks here. so as information was arrived at, as determinations were made, that was shared with the american people. and i think again the focus needs to be how do we make sure that our facilities and ambassadors and our personnel are secure going forward. and that's what the focus is on. >> as you know, the chairman of the homeland security committee has called for susan rice to resign. >> she's done an excellent job for this country and this administration. >> ben ghazi is so bad that the fbi can't even go in and investigate. what about the fact that there are military operations to find ambassador stephens' killers? what is america doing to change the trajectory in libya? >> well, i'm not going to speak for the fbi, but i think the key thing here, we live in a dangerous world obviou
protesters back. they are angry because of an anti-muslim internet video made in the u.s. in iraq, demonstrators around a burning american flag. in cairo, crowds have been gathering for days. protesters continued to attack american embassies. they have also turned on the german and british embassies, tearing down security walls. the messages of hate towards america are expected to escalate throughout the day. republicans are expressing concern about america's perceived strength in the middle east. >> i am most concerned about america's failure. it is clear the message throughout the middle east is the united states is week. >> all this as the president vows to punish the killers of our ambassador in libya and three other americans killed on tuesday. >> we will bring those who killed our fellow americans to justice. >> already the fbi is headed to the countries to investigate. the libyan authorities vowed to halt the u.s. seek justice. nbc news. >> members of the maryland muslim council are condemning the violence in libya and egypt. >> we want to emphasize the killing of diplomats
is spreading through the middle east in egypt, tunisia, and iraq. the attack in benghazi killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. >> we are closely watching what is happening in yemen and elsewhere. >> secretary of state hillary clinton also spoke harshly of the amateur video made in the u.s. that sparked it all. many have called it blasphemous towards islam. >> this video is disgusting and reprehensible. >> during "the today show," john mccain said that he believes the attacks were organized and that ambassador stevens was a target. >> the indications of how this attack was carried out indicate that that is the case. >> the u.s. is working with the government of libya to figure out who was responsible for the attack. and nbc national security analyst predicts that bringing the perpetrators to justice may not be an easy road. >> ultimately, we are going to be very reliant on the government of libya. >> still to come, if you think you face challenges when body training, wait until you hear this story. >> we take a look at the map. two different parts to the weather and a l
. >>> overseas today was one of the deadliest days in iraq since u.s. combat forces left the country. officials say at least 90 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in dozens of bombings and shootings. >>> in syria at least 17 people were killed when a car bomb exploded in aleppo. ann curry made her way into syria. look for her reporting this week. >>> some important health news about lung cancer. a large new study on the genetic makeup of one type of lung cancer is raising hopes that new treatments may soon be available for this killer. robert bezel is live with more. >> the study looked at one type of lung cancer that accounts for about one in four cases of the disease. as part of a giant government funded research project scientists sequenced all the jeangen genes in 178 patients. several of the drugs that may work are already on the market or in late testing phases. researchers say based on this new information clinical trials will begin soon to find out how many new treatments this treasure-trove of genetic information will bring. >>> still ahead as we continue here on "nbc nightly
with the other guy. >> the speech will have a likely heavy emphasis on foreign policy including the war in iraq and afghanistan, something the romney did not mention in his speech. live coverage at 9:00 p.m. right here on wbal tv 11. >> now, your 11 insta-weather forecast was chief meteorologist tom tasselmyer. >> there may be showers and storms moving across the lower eastern shore. out to see now and things quieting down a bit. heavier rain earlier. some showers trying to pop-up around baltimore. these could drift toward the city as the evening wears on. it is another warm and sultry summer afternoon. bwi marshall at 0.02 of 1 inch. 23.28 for the year. a solid 5 inches below normal precipitation. a warmer than normal september day. the normal is only 81. record highs still close to the 100 degree mark. 98 in 1983 on this day. the weather station has not been reporting for the past few hours but you can see temperatures in the upper 70's to the lower 80s. the rate move through ocean city and cool things off. there at 63. 72 at georgetown. oakland and frost berk -- tomorrow it will be monday. l
, hundreds of thousands of servicemen and women were deployed to iraq and afghanistan. >> and the fight against terror continues, even though the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, osama bin laden, is dead. sheldon dutes joins us live from the airport where some heroes have just returned stateside. >> a lot of those folks are back from afghanistan within the past two hours or so. they were greeted by loud group of cheering volunteers. they come every day to greet the soldiers as they come home, but today's homecoming was especially meaningful. a warm welcome home for the men and women who put their lives on the line defending our freedom. >> we have them, we shake their hands and welcome them back home. >> bwi is one of the first dogs for soldiers coming home from afghanistan and other middle eastern countries. welcome home maryland has been reading every flight home since 2007. on this 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it is even more meaningful. >> we are over there for reason. it is just good to be home. >> i was supposed to be at the world trade center, going to the 105th floor. th
with multiple counts of sexual misconduct. jeffrey sinclair who served in iraq and afghanistan is accused of what the army describes as forced sex with female subordinates. >>> fans are remembering legendary singer andy williams who died tuesday at the age of 84 after a year-long battle with bladder cancer. williams' hits included "moon river" and the holiday classic "the most wonderful time of the year." >>> the decades long search for jimmy hoffa led to this driveway. authorities are going to test soil samples from underneath the driveway though they doubt any remains found would actually be from the former teamster's boss. >>> and if you thought google maps were a good way to get around town, well, check this out. users can now navigate their way underwater. the pictures of coral reefs are displayed much like the street view feature. comes in handy when you want to go scuba diving. >>> and now here's an early look at how wall street's going to kick off the day. the dough closed at 13,413 after falling 44 points yesterday. the s&p lost 8. the nasdaq dropped 24. taking a look at overseas
. the iraq war veteran peddled his way through four states in six days all in honor of his mother's battle with breast cancer. great idea there. >>> i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today" just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. >> you're watching wbal-tv 11. live, local, late-breaking. this is 11 news today at 5:00 a.m. >> good morning. we have bill devin rain to start -- we have a little bit of rain to start the day. some rain going through baltimore city right now. a batch of rain will be coming through in waves today. i would take an umbrella with you to start today. mostly cloudy skies. showers likely off and on. high temperature between 76 and 81. we will check the seven-day forecast coming up in just a few minutes. >> 4:57. 66 degrees at the airport. could the orioles come up with some magic in the bottom of the ninth inning? >> a man dies in police custody and this morning his family wants answers. >> an incident was called riot- like outside of the recher theater. >> we have one accident on 95 i [ female announcer ] pillsbury crescents on their own are wonderf
iraq did not change the middle east as many felt it would just by projecting american power. this is in many ways about the kind of leadership that we're seeing take root in the middle east and what leverage the united states has. i think that's a critical question. how the united states uses leverage in that part of the world and what about american public opinion? americans are very frustrated seeing all these images after we give millions of dollars to these countries and have actually played a role militarily and otherwise in helping to free folks, citizens of libya and egypt from rule. >> david gregory, thanks very much. >> thanks, lester. >>> now a check on the rest of this morning's top stories. veronica de la cruz is over at the news desk. good morning. >>> good morning, jenna and lester. good morning, everyone. fbi agents have arrest add man they say planned to detonate a car bomb outside a bar in downtown chicago. more now from nbc's michelle franzen. >> reporter: authorities say a bar in chicago's busy downtown was the target friday night of an alleged car bomb pl
the courage to stand against the abuse of power his whole career. he's the father of an iraq war veteran, who believes our one sacred obligation is to take care of those who have served this nation. >> i can say with absolute certitude, i am more optimistic about america's chances today than i have been my entire life. >> grit, determination, resilience, optimism. that's been the story of america. the story of ordinary people with extraordinary courage, overcoming extraordinary obstacles and always, always moving towards a better day. joe biden knows that story. he's lived it. our vice president, joe biden. >>> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the vice president of the united states, joe biden. [ cheers and applause ]3 c1 >> you might have seen there, by the way, the first lady and dr. biden have seats tonight on the floor. they were in the vip box, which is well up and away from the podium. but it gives tonight a different feel. she just exchanged a hearty thumbs up with the vice president. there you have it. >> hello my fellow democrats! and my favorite democrat. jill ie, i want you to
forced to flee their own country. most of them to crowded refugee camps in turkey, lebanon and iraq and jordan. ann curry is reporting from there this week and is with us from there again tonight. >> reporter: brian, good evening. it's not just the number of people who have been affected. but how vicious this war has become. the government has the heavy weapons and is using them, but atrocities have been alearned by both sides. the u.n. has reported that even children have been tortured, killed and used as human shields. civil war is turning syria into an unimaginable hell. the fighting is intensifying. the government attacks are more indiscriminate. even small children now know to run. people do what they can to help the injured. while thousands flee the country. desperate to get out of harm's way. refugee camps are filling up. today actor and activist angelina jolie, a special u.n. envoy drew a crush of news cameras as she visited a camp in jordan. she was visibly moved by what she saw. >> it is a horrific situation and very critical time. hundreds and hundreds of people are dying
. >> reporter: scott winkler a u.s. army vet was injured in iraq. >> we're no different than anyone else. >> reporter: former u.s. army airborne has this advice. >> get up. life is too short to lay down. go get it. >> reporter: a message that everyone, regardless of ability can embrace. stephanie gosk, nbc news, london. >> great story to end on on a tuesday night. thank you for being here with us. we're back on in prime time tonight with the big speeches of the evening. our coverage begins at 10:00 eastern 7:00 pacific. i'm brian williams, we hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening, and we hev
a difference, by the calling as a navy seal. >> reporter: multiple tours in iraq and afghanistan. >> he had the arms of a healer and warrior. earning the distinction as a certified medic. >> reporter: sean smith, serving in the air force and then the foreign service. >> he knew the perils of this calling. >> reporter: they loved service and enjoyed adventure, none more than the one-time peace corp volunteer who became the ambassador to a war-torn nation. chris steven's sister spoke about him. >> he spoke about the security but really didn't make a deal of it. he more spoke of how much he enjoyed, you know, the work he was doing. >> he was known not only for his courage, but for his smile. goofy, but contagious, with the california cool. >> reporter: she vowed not to retreat. >> so we will face the future undaunted. >> greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. the flag they served under now carries them home. >> reporter: the president and hillary clinton in a rare public glimpse of shared emotions. today, u.s. officials said there was no prior intellig
. the wars in iraq and afghanistan were paid by borrowing and increasing the national debt. stopping the war doesn't free up any new money. this claim about obama's jobs record raised questions. >> here is another job score. president obama plus 4.5 million. congressional republicans, zero. >> reporter: it's true since january 2010 the economy has gained over 4.5 million private sector jobs. but mr. obama had already been president for a year by then when the economy was hemorrhaging jobs. if you begin counting when he took office, it's a net gain of about 415,000 jobs. vice president joe biden actually got that right last night by including the time span. >> we sense created 4.5 million private sector jobs in the past 29 months. >> reporter: but biden went out on a limb with this charge. >> they're not prepared to do anything about the debt if it contained even $1, i'm not exaggerating, or one cent in new taxes for millionaires. >> reporter: in fact, several republican plans from john boehner to pat toomey included tax increases for wealthy americans, but bipartisan negotiations broke doubt
brooks wrote, who are these freeloaders, is it the iraq war veteran who goes to the va? is it a student getting a loan to go to college? most of the government spending are not big government lovers but republicans, senior citizens, mostly white men with high school degrees. >> reporter: in other words, they are romney supporters. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. >>> and just tonight we got the first official reaction from the president to the words of mitt romney. here is a short bit of what president obama said in an appearance for tonight taped on david letterman. >> when i meet republicans, as i'm traveling around the country. they are hardworking family people who care deeply about this country. and my expectation is, if you want to be president, you have to work for everybody, not just for some. >> the president unveiling an outreach to republicans tonight on david letterman. >>> and we are debuting new numbers this evening on this presidential race. our nbc news political director chuck todd in our washington bureau with the results of our newest wave in the nbc news wall s
served in iraq. tall and 20 pounds heavier, dashing in his uniform, with a big grin on his face, sturdy on his new leg. and i remember how a few months after that i would watch him on a bicycle, racing with his fellow wounded warriors on a sparkling spring day, inspiring other heroes who had just begun the hard path he had traveled. he gives me hope. he gives me hope. i don't know what party these men and women belong to. i don't know if they'll vote for me. but i know that their spirit defines us. they remind me in the words of scripture that ours is a future filled with hope. and if you share that faith with me, if you share that hope with you, i ask you tonight for your vote. [ cheers and applause ] if you reject the notion that this nation's promise is reserved for the few, your voice must be heard in this election. if you reject the notion that our government is forever beholden for the highest bidder, you need to stand up in this election. if you believe that new plants and factories can dot our landscape, that new energy can power our future, that new schools can provide ladders
of a military veteran who talked about losing her legs fighting in iraq. we heard from some up and comers in the party. martin o'malley from maryland giving his speech in primetime. >> hallie jackson, thank you. we continue our team coverage with jennifer franciotti. how to the experts think the governor did? >> all indications are that he did better than in his 2004 speech. he walked out on stage to a cheering crowd. the governor spoke to the convention telling the crowd that america needs to move forward. >> maryland always chooses to move forward. we understand the progress and the choice. job creation is a choice. whether we move forward or back, this is a choice and that is what this election is all about. >> coming up, we'll hear more of the governor's comments during last night's speech and the great our political analyst is giving the governor for his speech. jennifer franciotti, wbal-tv 11 news. >> thank you. another maryland politicians scheduled to speak, senator barbara mikulski is scheduled to speak this evening. she is the longest serving womean in the history of congress. 1
to volunteer. military doctors patched up his son who would say was wounded in iraq years ago, his wife urged him to go. >> she said you have to do it, something took care of your son, now you go take care of somebody else's. >> reporter: his daughter, also a doctor, says she is concerned about her dad's decision to put himself in harm's way for three years, but she is not surprised. >> this is not so much a sacrifice, but a duty he is willing to do. >> i am 35 years into treating civilians, now i am very honored to be able to serve the military and our wounded warriors. >> reporter: one man, extending his commitment to healing, all the way to a war zone. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. >>> right now, thank you for joining us, i'm brian williams, we hope to see you later tonight for rock center, 10 eastern, 9 central time. and we hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. good evening.
, iraq and afghanistan, that election was about national security. >> seems they should take advantage of the city being shut down for a couple of days, chuck todd with us. >>> and overseas to the front lines in afghanistan, where the drawdown of u.s. troops is getting a lot of attention, but lately it has been overshadowed by the insider attacks and the toll it has taken on american lives. lester holt is in kandahar where he talked one-on-one with the u.s. and coalition forces. >> reporter: brian, good evening, with the war about to inter the 12th year, questions remain about the taliban resistance. but the man in charge of the war says the strategy for america getting out in the year 2014 is on track. it is quickly becoming put-up time for afghan forces and crunch time for the american commander overseeing the transition. >> reporter: what keeps you up at night on this job? >> the time, the amount of time remaining. >> reporter: time between now and 2014? >> that is correct, we have a lot of work to do. >> reporter: the u.s. and nato forces have trended more than 300,000 troops, taki
would be out of iraq by the end of the following year. >> next week, it's the president's turn in a convention spotlight, the time warner arena in charlotte is almost ready. this state, north carolina, and florida, are battlegrounds in the race for the white house. both campaigns now will be carefully watching the polls to try to see what kind of a convention bounce, if any, romney got from the r.n.c. at the site of the d.n.c. in charlotte, i'm steve handlesman, nbc news. >> maryland will have considerable firepower at the next week's convention. senator barbara mccull mikulski is expected to lead the program that highlights democratic women candidates for 2012. the baltimore native is the longest serving woman in the history of conditioning. steny hoyer, chris van holland and denny edwards will also have prominent roles. governor martin o'malley is also scheduled to speak in charlotte. you can follow live updates on our smartphone app with live wire. >> looking at the morning's top stories. baltimore's big weekend here, the grand prix, street vegas legal for the pros this week
>> but the protests widened. this was iraq, lebanon, symbols of the u.s. got burned -- a kfc and a hardy's. this is gossip. many egyptians are still furious over the anti-muslim film made in the u.s.. it is not just arab nations. muslims to the east erupted. this was pakistan today. this was bangladesh. these were indian muslims in kashmir. while back in the u.s., republican vice-presidential candidate paul ryan blamed president obama. >> what we do not see is steady, consistent, american leadership. that is what keeps the peace, and that is what we will have a in a romney-ryan administration. >> team obama called that an attempt to score political points. >> both factually wrong and poorly timed. now is a time when americans should be coming together. >> as many in the muslim world are coming together against americans. >> the white house insisted today there was no intelligence that could have prevented the american deaths in libya. >> our coverage continues online at wbaltv.com and our smartphone app. also, the actress in the film set to have sparked the attack speaking out. you can c
the war in iraq. maryland will have considerable firepower at next week's convention. senator barbara mikulski is expected to lead the program that highlights democratic women candidates for the senate in 2012 and a record number of 12 are running this november. the baltimore native is the longest serving member in the history of congress. governor martin o'malley is slated to speak at the convention in charlotte. wbal tv and wbaltv.com, your home for every moment of the democratic convention from beginning to end culminating with president obama's acceptance speech next thursday. >> and baltimore, maryland, has had its place when it comes to conventions and stan haynes joins us live, the author of the book, "the first american political conventions." thanks so much for coming in. why did you write this book? >> i've always been a history nut and very interested in the presidency and i work in down the baltimore at a law firm and kept reading books about conventions in the 19th century held in baltimore so i got curious as to where the were held and what went on there. that's what got
operation in iran would be more demanding than the wars in iraq and afghanistan combined. >>> the teachers strike in chicago has now dragged on into its fourth day. both the union and school district negotiators say they're making progress as talks resume there this morning. >>> well, this year's outbreak of the west nile virus is on track to be the deadliest ever. cases of the mosquito-bourn illness have jumped 35% since last week. but the worst of the outbreak has likely past. some 118 people have died from west nile virus so far this year. >>> actress kathy bates who beat ovarian cancer nine years ago is now battling breast cancer. the oscar winner chose to undergo a double mastectomy. more now from los angeles. good morning, diana. >> natalie, good morning. kathy bates is famously private when it comes to her personal life, but she chose to go public with her recent breast cancer diagnosis and surgery. and she says it's a fight she vows to win. >> i have faith in you, my darling. catch this. >> she's the force behind some of hollywood's most unforgettable characters. now kathy bates ha
is american weakness. and the president's inability to lead and iraq is dissolving, our relations with israel are at a tension point. he -- i'd like to see the president of the united states speak up once for the 20,000 people that are being massacred in syria. >> it sounds like you -- >> -- the essence of the american leadership in the region is very weak. i'm saying that the statement that was made about the statement that was made by the u.s. embassy was a very weak statement and an object proof of that is they withdrew that statement and changed it later on. they speak for the united states of america. >> let me play for you president obama's response to mitt romney on telemundo. >> i have observed that there's a tendency to shoot before you aim as i pointed out. and that as president, my obligation is to focus on security for our people and not having ideological arguments on a day when we are mourning the loss of outstanding, outstanding folks who have served our country very well. >> senator mccain, understanding that you do agree generally with what mitt romney said, did he miss the m
, particularly from the obama campaign, lashing out at him for not mentioning the troops that are in iraq. now, the romney campaign has pushed back and said that the candidates met with the american legion on wednesday, just a day before his speech. the other big speech from the republican national convention, you've been talking about it already this morning, lester, of course that speech that was given by 82-year-old acting icon clint eastwood, when he gave a performance, essentially interviewing an empty chair that was meant to represent president obama. a lot of people called that performance bizarre, but the romney campaign defended it yesterday. they said the fact that he brought up the high unemployment rate, the fact that he called for a change in leadership made the speech worthwhile. and lester, they also said that the candidate himself felt that the speech was amusing. right now, political analysts watching to see if romney will get any type of a bump on the heels of the rnc. lester? >> kristen welker, thank you so much. ed rendell is the former chairman of the democratic national c
it that way. i don't think we throw outed bush whole eight years. we won the war in iraq. bush did a lot of fine things. he can separate himself from bush policy particularly in the last couple of years. he's done so with having paul ryan there. he was a critic of bush spending. he's a critic of obama spending. there's a recent survey, ask people would you prefer a bigger government with more services or a bigger economy with more jobs. 75-15, bigger economy with more jobs. conservatives have families, they believe in families, they work, and by the way, this rack of lack compassion for people who are suffering. why in every survey or every study, self-identified conservatives give more of their time, their money, their blood and their treasures to helping people. >> i want to ask this point. do you believe governor romney is a practical enough politician to cut a deal with democrats to rely on paul ryan to essentially assuage conservatives -- that's important. you don't get that from the interview but spending time with him i get that impression. >> -- sure to fight -- >> that's the poi
they announced it to her squadron, and she was harassed. >> and i just went to iraq through hell. and now i'm dealing with i'm a slut, i'm a whore. i've never been so hollow. >> reporter: some victims, like former army specialty andrea say they faced retaliation from their own leaders. >> my command told me if i kept trying to press charges on them, they would bring me up on adultery charges. >> reporter: victims say this culture of blaming them and not punishing their rapists leads to more assaults. take the case of kim. she said her accused rapist, fellow marine ross curtis, was allowed to leave the military in 2006 with an honorable discharge and no stain on his record. a few years later, she got a call from an lapd detective. >> she asked me, do you know a ross curtis? and my heart sank. >> reporter: curtis had raped a 13-year-old and 15-year-old girl while volunteering at an rotc program for kids. he was sentenced to 12 years in prison. >> had they not tried to maintain the fiction that this man was worthy of an honorable discharge, had they been more concerned about the other human be
in iraq and afghanistan. 41 years old, woods was a father to due teenage boys, his family described him as someone who loved life, loved adrenaline. all four were killed in the line of duty and in duty to their nation. >> this led to fresh jabs on the presidential campaign trail. nbc's peter alexander is here with that part of the story. this is for the first time becoming a major flashpoint between the president and governor romney. >> a largely dormant campaign issue. with the ongoing turmoil in the middle east and the political fallout at home, poet president barack obama and mitt romney are trying to project strength on national security, but less than eight weeks till election day romney, who by the way authored a book titled "no apologies" is making no apologies for his sharp cricism of the president's foreign policy. while in virginia mitt romney toned down his attacks on president obama seeking to project strength in more subtle terms, arguing the president is a weak leader. >> sometimes it seems that we're at the mercy of events instead of shaping events. the world needs americ
toughness in regard to al qaeda, an ending to the wars in afghanistan and iraq, and also his repivoting or rebalancing towards asia. that was the narrative he preferred. when you get through that basic set of accomplishments and then you have to ask the question are we better off than we were four years ago, and we see embassies being attacked around the world, it's hard to say yes. so whether it's president obama's fault at all or not -- and i don't really think it is, it does change the narrative. it can't be good for the president. and obviously it's tragic. you tell from yesterday's ceremony how much people admired this ambassador and the other state department employees who were killed. how sad of a day this is for the country. i don't think it was anything good for the president. >> good to talk to both of you. thanks very much. >>> let's get a check of the rest of the morning's top stories. veronica de la cruz is at the news desk. >> good morning, kate and lester. good morning, everyone. the heightened sense of danger for americans abroad, a rash of bomb threats at home are being
number. more than 244,000 u.s. troops have returned from the wars in iraq and afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries, an issue that is front and center for the nfl. a league dealing with the problem of concussions among many of its current and former players. the league is now teaming up with the u.s. army and national institutes of health to research ways to limit these types of injuries. roger goodell is commissioner of nfl. dr. landes director of the nih's institute. general odierno is the chief of staff of the army. good morning to all of you. general, that's a huge number, 244,000 military personnel with those brain injuries. i know the seriousness of those injuries varies from person-to-person but it's a problem that has to be addressed. >> absolutely. one of the problems we have are soldiers coming forward first to say i have a problem. one of the things we're really focusing on is making sure the physical, mental, dedication to accomplishment does not impede people from saying i have a problem and i need help. that's why this initiative is important to us. we're now putting se
look at afghanistan, troubles there, iraq. and what's happening in the sprint. there's a great deal to manage. you do see the romney campaign trying to do more to drive some real differences between how he and president obama would handle foreign policy. i don't think foreign policy will become decisive at the end of the day, but it will become something that comes up frequently. >> already, david. city of foreign policy, going gang style on the today show. i was impressed. >> there's all time to dance to rap when there's an opportunity. >> all right. thanks, dave. don't forget, you can watch meet the press right here on wbal tv at 9. >> i missed it. i can't believe i missed it. if you can't go online, you can google it. the today show crew dancing. >> he's really tall. so, you get set to move. >>> still ahead, the fcc joins us. >>> plus a new book that takes a look at pub lib health and other topics. >>> you can get that video on wbal tv.com. they have all the different breakdowns. >> thank you. >> he was pretty good. he was pretty good. yes. and he has the moves. we'll have the mo
are these free loaders? is it the iraq war veteran that goes to the v.a.? a student getting a loan to go to colleges, the retiree on social security or medicare? here's mark mckinnon, it reveals a deeply cynical man who sees the country as completely divided, two completely different sets of people who would likely govern in a way that would only further divide us. these are republican voices. >> well, i don't know, david brooks is a columnist, i don't know if he would call himself a republican or not. but, matt, if you look at the full tape, the governor was asked about winning the election. and he said an election, the president starts with 47%, i start with 47%. i think most political analysts would agree that's pretty much the bottom line for most -- both parties' nominees. and you've got to fight for the 6% of undecided voters. that's political analysis. >> you're talking about numbers there and the comments were more disparaging -- it wasn't just being a numbers game. he made disparaging comments about their lack of responsibility. >> what he said was that -- he was talking about t
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